As the TV show Silicon Valley has proven, the tech neighborhood there is ripe for satire. So it’s not surprising that the upcoming “product” to be born into this satirical “vertical” is a board recreation where by you should go as a result of the at times tortuous approach of elevating dollars.
The Maybe Capital Board Recreation introduced this 7 days on Kickstarter, and its start is currently being supported by previous CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo, who, as a previous stand-up comedian and contributor to the aforementioned Tv show, surely gets the amusing facet of the tech sector.
Manufactured by a fictional VC agency, Maybe Capital, “the most effective undertaking money agency in Silicon Valley,” the recreation turns you into a VC-in-coaching, where by you must pitch firms to your fellow gamers, finally profitable all the dollars for your agency.
Even though pitching, you should travel up and down the infamous 101 Highway that operates as a result of the Valley like a spine, earning dollars and traders, pitching firms and networking with other famous VCs and founders. The recreation will obviously hone your pitch capabilities, even though at the far more non-critical finish of things.
You’ll encounter Steve Positions, who, guru-like, will advise you, and prevent in areas like Marin to “smoke pot with another person famous” (and decide up their $5 million financial commitment).
Just after numerous twists and turns, you’ll get the recreation when you get your portfolio of startups to an IPO initial. Alternatively, if a participant suddenly secures $fifty million in a Collection A spherical, they can declare that the bubble is evidently about to burst and wintertime is coming…
There’s also an interesting on the internet element. Kickstarter backers will get growth packs and other gains uploaded to the Maybe Capital website.
But there’s also a slightly critical facet: There’s various pricing for adult males and girls, to emphasize the disparity in earning ability in the Valley.
Maybe Capital was started by Rick Powers, Dre Koval and Anya Kandel, who all have variously labored in Valley startups.
Tweet a pitch to Koval and at the finish of the campaign, the winner will get 1 percent fairness of Maybe Capital the board recreation.
“What the Maybe Capital team figured out is that Silicon Valley is not seriously about doing anything, it’s about beginning a dialogue so other men and women can do anything,” says another backer, Michael Fertik, govt chairman of Standing.
And what does Costolo say? “I would not say this is a awful strategy.”
Silicon Valley, huh. Modifying the world as a result of board games…